Little Wolf Coffee
Shantawene Ethiopia

Roaster Location: Flag of United States Ipswich, Massachusetts


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Roast Level: Light
Bean Source Country: Ethiopia
Bean Source Region: Sidama
Varietal: Ethiopian Landraces
Process: Washed

Shantawene is a village located in the Bensa District of Sidama, Ethiopia.

From the Roaster:

"Shantawene cherries are processed at Shantawene Gafisse Washing Station situated at the centre of Daye Bensa’s world of amazing coffee. The station is one of the location from which Daye Bensa spread knowledge of better processing techniques around their network. Shantawene station is also the site on which the 2020 #7 Cup of Excellence coffee was processed, its cherry production is on the nearby Gatta speciality farm.

The cherry delivered there grows between 1990 and 2190 meter above sea level. The beans are very dense, with heavy concentrations of the smaller screen sizes (the majority of the coffee screen sizes at 13-14). This reflects slow maturation at higher altitudes.

The washed Shantawene is traditionally wet fermented during 36 to 72 hours, and then dried on African beds"

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Latest Reviews and Tasting Notes

  • Theodore (Ted) Chan, Managing Editor

    1108 roasts rated, avg score of 4.28

    4.50 - Average

    4.50 - Flavor

    4.50 - Acidity

    4.50 - Balance

    I wouldn't say I necessarily got what I expected here based on the description, but this was an excellent cup of coffee (I had it iced). Super smooth with a bright acidity (but not lime/hibiscus as the bag described).

    I thought it played more in the red grape range, and it has a little bit of a vanilla finish. Definitely a black tea type platform. Just where my palate was at the moment, I was probably happy not to have the hibisicus/lime type tartness.

    Cupping Method:Iced pourover at Clover in Burlington, MA

    Traits: red grape

More Details

Roast Level: Light
Light roast coffee is a delicately roasted coffee that retains more of the beans' natural flavors and characteristics. Light-roasted coffees have bright acidity, complex fruit, and floral notes. Light roast coffee does not have less caffeine than darker roasts because caffeine levels remain stable during roasting.
Bean Source Country: Ethiopia
Widely regarded as the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia boasts diverse and complex flavors, from bright, floral, and citrusy in Yirgacheffe to wine-like and berry-toned in Sidama. The country's heirloom varieties, combined with unique processing methods, make Ethiopian coffee truly distinctive and sought-after by enthusiasts worldwide.
Bean Source Region: Sidama
The Sidama coffee region, also known as Sidamo, is located in southern Ethiopia and is renowned for producing high-quality Arabica coffee beans. Named after the Sidama people who inhabit the area, the region is characterized by its fertile highlands, with coffee grown at elevations ranging from 1,500 to 2,200 meters above sea level. The high altitude, combined with the favorable climate and rich volcanic soil, results in a distinctive flavor profile for Sidama coffee, often featuring bright acidity and complex, fruity notes.

Best Rated Roasts of Little Wolf Coffee

Little Wolf Coffee is a coffee roaster from Ipswich, MA United States. We have 12 cataloged roasts with 15 total reviews with a score of 4.60.

International Rank: #16 out of 822
Ranking is based on a combination of reviews and popularity on
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Light Colombia
- Ethiopia
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- Ethiopia
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